BALTIMORE, Md. — The University of Maine women’s basketball team attempted almost as many 3-point shots as the University of Maryland Baltimore County did total field goals on Saturday afternoon.
The Black Bears tied a school record with 14 baskets from beyond the arc and established a new program mark with 41 3-point attempts on its way to a 61-48 America East women’s basketball victory at the RAC Arena.
Coach Richard Barron’s team (11-11, 5-4 AE) shot only 34 percent overall, but outrebounded UMBC (2-19, 1-8 AE) 42-30. UMaine scored only six points in the paint.
Sophomore Liz Wood led the Black Bears with 15 points, all of which came in the first half, along with eight rebounds, five steals and four assists. Senior Cherrish Wallace added 11 points, five rebounds and three assists.
Sophie Weckstrom netted nine points, Mikaela Gustafsson contributed eight points, seven rebounds and three assists, and Sigi Koizar provided four assists.
UMBC was led by Sara Tarbert’s 22 points while Taylor McCarley scored nine and Emily Russo provided six points and five assists.
UMaine was able to create some separation in the first half with an extended 13-2 run. The Bears held UMBC scoreless during a span of 4:37. They began to move the ball more efficiently and eventually built a 20-6 edge.
Wood remained on fire from the field as her third 3-point field goal of the half gave Maine its largest lead of at 15 with 6:39 to play.
The Retrievers responded with an 11-3 run, cutting the Maine lead to seven with just over a minute remaining in the half. Ashleigh Roberts put an end to the with Maine’s seventh 3-pointer of the half to give it a 31-21 lead at the break.
Wood had a solid first half as she went 6-for-7 from the floor, including a perfect 3-for-3 from beyond the arc, while adding four steals and three rebounds. The Black Bears hit seven first-half 3-pointers.
Maine quickly increased its lead back to 15 after starting the second half with an 8-3 run. A Wallace jumper kept the run alive in between a pair of 3-pointers by Weckstrom.
UMBC kept charging, putting together a 6-0 run which helped cut the Black Bear lead down to eight with under 10 minutes to play.
Maine answered with a 10-2 run of its own with four straight points from Gustafsson and back-to-back 3-point buckets from Wallace to push the lead to 54-38 with under 4:30 to play.